Midway through 2015, agtech investment hit $2.06 billion, just shy of the $2.36 billion invested in all of 2014. Momentum continues with roughly $1 billion invested per quarter in 2015.
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The first half of 2015 brought in $2.06 billion of capital across 228 deals. Q2 posted 99 deals totaling $971M which we expect to revise upward during our end of year report.
High profile deals from Khosla, Google Ventures, and Andreessen have shone the spotlight on the agtech sector, and this recognition is trickling down throughout the globe as new centers of innovation are emerging. The industry is also very much tied to the public sector, and we’re seeing an equal amount of support and some dollars coming in from public sources, which are not reflected in this report.
The continual growth of the sector highlights the increasing attention agriculture technology companies are gathering in the investment community. A few subsectors outshone others, but diversity was still the name of the game as companies across food e-commerce, water, drones, bioenergy, soil technology, cannabis and more attracted venture capital. The midyear report also highlights that start-up companies are successfully maturing from seed stage as Series A volumes beat their 2014 total.